Security can be defined as the ability to prepare for, adapt to, withstand, and recover from dangers and crises caused by people’s deliberate, intentional, and malicious acts, such as terrorism, sabotage, organized crime, and hacking. The main objective of the course is to enable students to understand risk and security in relation to terrorism and other intentional malicious crimes. The course will give the students an understanding of terrorism and intentional attacks as a phenomenon, including causes, forms and security measures. Students will become familiar with various strategies for preventing and combating terrorism and intentional crimes, including various risk management and resilience tools. The course will give the students an introduction to the topics of security culture and security risk management. The course should also provide insight into factors that affect the perception of risk and need for protection, as well as provide insight into dilemmas in relation to security measures.
After completing the course, the students will have acquired in-depth knowledge about security as a scientific and practical field. The students will have knowledge on how security can be fostered and managed. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
demonstrate knowledge about what security is and how security can be fostered and managed from an organizational and societal perspective
demonstrate knowledge about the relationship between security and resilience
demonstrate knowledge about historical, current and future trends in terrorism and being able to apply this knowledge when concocting risk analysis
understand and discuss the consequences of applying different perspective to security risk analysis and security governance
Skills Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
apply security risk analysis and resilience analysis
understand and reflect upon the challenges with managing and building resilience against security threats such as terrorism from a multi-level perspective
understand how to how perception and political aspects influences countermeasures
reflect critically on what terrorism and extremism is and what means these threats can be managed through
Increased focus on protection from terrorism, espionage, cybersecurity and other malicious crimes has led to increased interest in the topic of security, especially in risk and policy studies. This course aims to outline the conceptual and scientific demarcation of security, and discuss the development and status of security science. In this course, security will be presented as a multifaceted concept and the general changes and developments of security as an object of study will be outlined. The management of risks is a central element in the current understanding of security and the students will be presented to different approaches to achieve organizational and societal security, including approaches to risk management, resilience analysis and regulations regimes. In this course, terrorism, extremism and other security threats will be understood as wicked policy problems. The aim is to provide the student with the state of the art of terrorism research, including historical trends, the current threat picture and future challenges, and how terrorism and extremism create fear and distrust. Additionally, the course illustrates how our notions of extremism and terrorism are culturally, socially and historically constructed, and subsequent that the perception of terrorism influences countermeasures.
Required prerequisite knowledge
A - F
On individual written assignment, grades A-F. The length of the essay should be approximately 3.000 words including reference list. 1 group-based assignment must be passed before the exam.